Fico’s name mentioned in Czech corruption case

THE NAME of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico appeared in connection with a corruption case that a Prague court is currently dealing with, the Sme daily reported in its July 2 issue.

THE NAME of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico appeared in connection with a corruption case that a Prague court is currently dealing with, the Sme daily reported in its July 2 issue.

The case involves the purchase of Pandur armoured vehicles by the second government of former Czech PM Mirek Topolánek. Lobbyist Marek Dalík, whom the Czech media labelled Topolánek’s cashier, is charged with allegedly asking for an €18-million bribe from representatives of Austrian company Steyer, which was contracted to provide the armoured vehicles. This dates back to 2007.

In his testimony before the court, Dalík stated that Miroslav Výboh, whom the Slovak media called Fico’s right-hand man, brought up the issue of the Pandurs at a secret meeting of the four men.

Dalík admitted that such meetings took place repeatedly, always confidentially and always attended by Topolánek with Dalík and Fico with Výboh, Sme reported. He however did not specify exactly what the men discussed during those meetings.

When the judge demanded that Dalík explain why each prime minister had a businessman with him at these meetings, Dalík said it was common practice, Sme wrote.

Fico refused to comment on Dalík’s claims, saying that he does not communicate with the Sme daily.

Source: Sme

Compiled by Michaela Terenzani from press reports.
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